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DR.PASHA | July 12, 2015 | Section: Articles | 1397 reads

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Shouldn’t Someone Tell Them -- and Show Them -- How to Do It Right?

The people of the world, generally speaking, have no idea what fasting is all about: the way Islam teaches us to do. 

Even though fasting has been part of everybody’s ancient cultural -- call it Islamic -- heritage and tradition, from God Almighty. 

Given to all in their own respective time periods, through their own divine messengers and leaders that came to them from God.

But the world simply forgot how to do it right. The world has no clue.

As a result, everybody fasts the way they want. 

For example: half-day fast; dawn-to-dusk fast; fast only from meat; fast but keep drinking water. 

And so on.

Isn’t it time for Muslims to inform and teach the rest of the world -- the entire world that is -- how fasting should be done according to the commands and teachings of God -- the way it was practiced and shown to the world by God’s Messenger, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?

The way fasting is really supposed to be done?

Maybe this Ramadan is the time to do it, do you think?

Will Muslims of the world rise to this challenge and help their non-Muslim brothers and sisters everywhere to see how fasting should be done?


This Ramadan, What Is Your Answer?

If Ramadan, as the Qur’an says, is the month in which the Qur’an was sent down, and it is, a question each and every one of us must ask is this:

This Ramadan, 1437-2016, how many homes and hearts are we ready, willing, able and prepared to take the Qur’an to?

While the Qur’an is not something anyone should dare to play games with, the question is still relevant and meaningful:

What is our game plan for the Qur’an for this month of Ramadan?

And that means giving straight and honest answers to some of the following questions:

This blessed month of Ramadan:

  1. How much Qur’an will we read?
  2. How much Qur’an will we try to understand?
  3. How much Qur’an will we try to teach?
  4. How many people -- men, women and children -- will we invite to the Qur’an?

So, ladies and gentlemen of Islam, what is your answer?


Small and Big Things in Islam

I don’t know why I feel like saying this. I don’t even know if I have a proper basis for doing so. 

Or maybe on the other hand I do. 

But here is what I feel like saying:

Let us sweat the small things, Muslims!
Maybe, maybe, Allah will take care of the big things!

And by small things I mean things like removing from the path anything that will cause harm or injury, or inconvenience, to passersby.


Mind you, doesn’t say Muslim or non-Muslim, man or woman, believer or non-believer, does it?

Says Hadith Sharif:

Imaatatul Adhaa ‘Anit-Tareeqi Sadaqah.

What I am trying to say is this: 

“Try and connect with Allah for one second.
That may be better for you than a lifetime of pretension and posturing!”


Got Anything Better than Salaam?

I don’t know why. But I keep thinking: Is there anything better in this world -- than “Assalamu Alaikum!

People, if I were you, which I am not, I will not throw away this very special and precious gift from God -- right from the pages of the Qur’an -- for any reason: time shortage; technology constraints; whatever.

Allah seems to say in the Qur’an, if you don’t find anyone to say“Assalamu Alaikum!” to, then at least do that to yourself. 

Say: “Assalamu Alaikum!” to yourself.

Fa-Sallimoo A’laa Anfusikum!

I don’t know, nor can I think of, anything that will beat that!

If Allah had given Muslims nothing more, and if Muslims had nothing in their possession but Salaam, that would still be the most prized possession that anyone ever had in their hands on the face of this earth.


Our Policy and Approach!

We bring Islam to the world, one little thing, one simple point, at a time.

Nothing more; nothing less.

At a time when the world seems to have no idea what Islam is really all about, this, we believe, is just what the doctor may have ordered. 

Or, put differently, and more accurately, this is exactly what God Almighty has commanded all Muslims do: 

Wa Bi-Dhaalika Umirtu,
Wa Ana Awwalul Muslimeen!

And that Divine Mandate, first to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and then, through him, to all Muslims until Kingdom Come, is:

Balligh Maa Unzila Ilaika Min Rabbika!


Go tell everyone what God has given to you!

Another paraphrase:

Share with the world the message of Islam to which
you now have been made privy!


Numbers and Words

Professor Kalamazad Mohammed

My university training is in Mathematics. And Mathematics is what I teach for a living as they say. 

Or, stating it more properly: Teaching Mathematics at the University is what Allah has chosen as a means of providing me my livelihood -- Rizq -- in this world.

Wa Lakum Fil Ardi Mustaqarrun wa Mataa-‘un Ilaa Heen!

But here is the point: 

Being a math teacher seems to give you a better understanding and deeper appreciation of words and their precise meaning. 

It is amazing how knowing the language of Mathematics (Numbers) makes you a better student of the language of English (Words): Her Majesty’s Language, as Dr. Pasha calls it.



To Respect Authorship Is Islam!
It Is Also Western Culture!

Islam is from God. And it is for people. 

That means the world can only run on Islamic principles and teachings. If it really wants to run its affairs well.

That means if you want to have any semblance of justice, fairness and decency in this world, you can only achieve it under the shadow and umbrella of Islamic teachings, regardless of whether or not you use the name of Islam. 

And whether or not you give Islam credit.

One example is: sadly or happily, Islam does not allow you to cut corners in what you do.

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